LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Kevin Love and LeBron James hadn’t played against each other since before they got together on the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2014 for a memorable four-year partnership.
After their first meeting since James moved to the West Coast ended in a blowout win for the Lakers, they got together on court with Tristan Thompson to renew a friendship that’s bigger than the game.
These three champions’ connection is rock-solid, even after a game that demonstrated why only James is contending for another ring this year.
James scored 23 of his 31 points in a dominant second half, and Dwight Howard added season highs of 21 points and 15 rebounds in Los Angeles’ ninth consecutive victory, 128-99 over the Cavs on Monday night.
The powerhouse Lakers posted their highest-scoring half in 33 years while scoring 81 in the second half behind James, who added eight assists while passing Isiah Thomas for sole possession of eighth place on the NBA’s career list.
James led Los Angeles to its third straight win without Anthony Davis, who is out with a bruised backside.